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How do doctors diagnose coarctation of the aorta?

How do doctors diagnose coarctation of the aorta?

Physical and Echo: A good physical exam with multiple blood pressure measurements can essentially diagnose it. With the advent of echo, i assume pretty much every cardiologist would officially diagnose with an echo (even in the most remote regions of the world). ...Read more

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Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more


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What kinds of doctors can treat a tortuous aorta?

Tortuous aorta: We don't usually specifically treat a tortuous aorta. Doctors who might relate are GP, Internist, Cardiologist ...Read more

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How do physicians test the diameter of my aorta?

How do physicians test the diameter of my aorta?

Ultrasound, CT ABD: Either ultrasound or ct of the abdomen will reliably identify abdominal aortic aneurysms (aaas). The ultrasound is ideal for screening because it is inexpensive and has no radiation exposure. Ct is better at defining the precise location of the aneurysm to help decide the best technique for repair. ...Read more

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What test is used to diagnose coarctation of the aorta?

What test is used to diagnose coarctation of the aorta?

A few: A simple, but effective way is to measure blood pressure in both arms and at least one leg. We now most commonly first check with an echocardiogram. Depending on the quality of those images, a ct or MRI may help. But again, good old fashioned blood pressure is the best way to start. ...Read more

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What is coarctation of the aorta and how do you treated?

What is coarctation of the aorta and how do you treated?

Narrow artery/surger: By definition coarctation of the aorta is a abnormality of vascular embryology. At birth flow is adequate for the limited activity i the new born and early toddler years, but as children age, their growing bodies and activity out grows the narrowed aorta's ability to supply enough blood fast enough to keep up. Once identified the narrowing is corrected surgically with a bypass procedure. ...Read more

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How do doctos identify the location of a valve?

How do doctos identify the location of a valve?

The heart valves: don't vary much in location, except un very rare conditions present from birth. Listening with a stethoscope, sound waves (echocardiography) and other imaging (CT scan, MRI) can more precisely locate the heart valves. ...Read more

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Can you cure coarctation of the aorta?

Can Correct: No congenital heart disease can be "cured". We can fully correct some types though, and coarctation is one of those. But we can never make the heart/vessel the same as if the lesion never occurred (which is the definition of cure). Again, semantic but important point because anyone with coarctation should have life-long follow-up with a cardiologist. ...Read more

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How do you treat transposition of the great arteries?

How do you treat transposition of the great arteries?

Major surgery: Major artery switch procedure at very young age, or sequence of three complex surgeries to make the right ventricle to work like the left one. ...Read more

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How do you solve coarctation of the aorta surgery as an adult?

How do you solve coarctation of the aorta surgery as an adult?

Coarctation: There is nothing to solve. If there is coarctation of aorta, it should be corrected through surgical procedure. ...Read more

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How do you manage the symptoms of coronary artery disease?

How do you  manage the symptoms of coronary artery disease?

CAD: By reducing the demand and increasing the coronary blood supply we can pharmacologically reduce anginal symptoms and manage CAD medically. Beta-blockers, nitrates, and calcium channel blockers can help. Aspirin reduces the risk of mi by making platelets less likely to stick together and cause clots. Lipi-lowering meds like statins can stabilize and slow progression of blockages. ...Read more

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Why would you treat children with coarctation of the aorta?

Why would you treat children with coarctation of the aorta?

Why or how?: The how is already answered by dr. Rubin. If your question is why treat coarctation it is to improve blood flow to the organs of the lower part of the body, prevent severe high blood pressure in upper part of body causing headache, dizziness, nosebleeds, shortness of breath and to prevent eventual development of enlarged heart and heart failure. ...Read more

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How do physicians find out whether I have peripheral artery disease of the calf?

How do physicians find out whether I have peripheral artery disease of the calf?

Ultrasound: A general idea of vascular disease can be assessed on a physical exam (pulse exam, capillary refill, temperature, color of skin, non-healing wounds) and history (pain at rest, claudication). However an arterial duplex scan (ultrasound) is the most objective way to evaluate someone for peripheral vascular disease. ...Read more

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How do the coronary arteries get their name?

How do the coronary arteries get their name?

Description location: Left main gives off left anterior descending & left circumflex & the right coronary artery. ...Read more

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What kind of treatment can somebody get for coarctation of the aorta?

Two options: Coarctation of the aorta is a narrowing of the main artery from the heart to the lower half of the body that can result in elevated blood pressure (hypertension). If it is severe enough to require treatment, there are two options that may be available: surgical repair or non-surgical repair using a balloon catheter through a blood vessel. Catheter repair is most often used in young people. ...Read more

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What tests can u do to see if u have a thoracic aneurysm? Also how big percentage of aneurysms is located at thoracic aorta and what's the symptoms?

What tests can u do to see if u have a thoracic aneurysm? Also how big percentage of aneurysms is located at thoracic aorta and what's the symptoms?

See below: Echocardiogram to screen, CT with contrast to confirm. There are NO symptoms until it dissects - then severe, tearing pain, shock and death. The percentage depends on other associated health conditions you may (and probably don't) have. Unless you have Marfan's syndrome, a bicuspid aortic valve, or a strong family history of them, thoracic aortic aneurysms are very rare. ...Read more

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How does blood get to your legs in case of coarctation of the aorta?

How does blood get to your legs in case of coarctation of the aorta?

Bypass channels: The fetus/baby developed & is more or less normal in appearance at birth.That would only occur with the bodies ability to bypass the narrowing of a coarctation by channeling needed blood flow though other blood vessels(collaterals). A kid may go for a few years before the coarctation is discovered. ...Read more

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What types of patients get coarctation of the aorta?

Coarctation: This is congenital. It can cause hypertension as a presenting sign. ...Read more

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How is coarctation of the aorta diagnosed in babies?

How is coarctation of the aorta diagnosed in babies?

Suspected by exam: Coarc can be suspected by exam (deminished pulses in legs vs rt arm). A cardiac ultrasound may identify the defect or a cardiologist may confirm the defect on a cardiac cathiterization. ...Read more

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How do you tell the severity of mitral valve stenosis?

How do you tell the severity of mitral valve stenosis?

Several ways: There are several ways to check how severe your mitral stenosis is. The most common and least invasive method is by transthoracic echocardiography, an ultrasound of the heart. ...Read more

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